Are you suffering from any skin conditions?
The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is soft, to allow movement, but still tough enough to resist breaking or tearing. It varies in texture and thickness from one part of the body to the next. For instance, the skin on our lips and eyelids is fragile and delicate, while the skin on the soles of our feet is thicker and harder.
Our skin is a good indicator of our general health. If someone is sick, it often shows skin.
Functions of the skin
Skin is one of our most versatile organs. Some of the different features of the skin include:
A waterproof wrapping for our entire body
The first line of defence against bacteria and other organisms
A cooling system via sweat
The skin is a sense organ that gives us information about pain, pleasure, temperature and pressure.
The skin you can see is called the epidermis. The epidermis protects the more delicate inner layers. The epidermis is made up of several ‘sheets' of cells. The bottom sheet is where new epidermal cells are made. As old, dead skin cells are sloughed off the surface, new ones are pushed up to replace them. The epidermis also contains melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour.
Under the epidermis is the dermis. The dermis is made up of elastic fibres (elastin) for suppleness and protein fibres (collagen) for strength. The dermis contains sweat glands, sebaceous glands, hair follicles, blood vessels and nerves.
The subcutis is a layer of fat that sits immediately under the dermis. The subcutis layer provides thermal insulation and mechanical protection giving the smoothness and contour to our body.
Adipose fat stored in the subcutis is a source of energy.
Glands and blood vessels in the skin
The dermis is well supplied with blood vessels. In hot weather or after exercise, these blood vessels expand, bringing body heat to the skin surface. Perspiration floods out of sweat glands and evaporates from the skin, taking the heat along with it.
If the temperature is cold, these blood vessels in the dermis contract, which helps to cut down on heat loss, sebaceous glands in the dermis secrete sebum to lubricate the skin.
Hair and nails and the skin
Hair and nails are manufactured by cells in the epidermis. Our lack of a complete cover of body hair makes human skin very different from the surface of any other animal. Hair, skin and nails are made from a protein called keratin. The amount of hair on our body varies from place to place.
Hairless sites include the lips, palms and soles of the feet. The hairiest sites include the scalp, pubis and underarms in both sexes and the face and chest in men.
Nails made from skin cells, but the only vital parts are the nail bed and the nail matrix underneath the cuticle. The nail itself is made of dead cells.
Nerves in the skin
Both the dermis and epidermis have nerve endings. These carry information about temperature, sensation (pleasure or pain) and pressure. Some areas have more of these nerves than others, such as the fingertips.
Common skin problems
Some common skin problems include:
- Acne – caused by hormones
- Dermatitis – Inflammation of the skin, with many different triggers
- Fungal infections – such as tinea (athlete's foot)
- Skin cancer – from long-term exposure to the sun's UV (ultraviolet) rays
- Sunburn – a radiation burn from the sun's UV rays
- Warts – caused by a virus.
Calendula cream and or Traumeel Cream are healing for most skin conditions.
If you have been prescribed cortisone cream or taking steroids, please consult with your doctor and aim to improve your skin naturally with naturopathic treatment protocols that have no side effects. It is always important to treat the cause. Let me help guide you to wellness and achieve healthy skin – inside and out, holistically.
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- Eat a nutritious wholefood healthy diet 80/20!
- Reduce caffeine, stimulants and alcohol intake.
- Maintain a healthy sleep routine (7 – 9 hours).
- Regular Exercise
- Reduce Stressors in all areas of your life!
- Create a healthy playtime!
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- Find time in the day for ‘relaxing', read books, listening to music, pampering yourself with a long bath, meditation, mindfulness. Whatever feels right for your emotional wellbeing!
- Aim to improve ‘Your Style of Life' & find a Healthy Balance!
Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health, lifestyle and wellbeing.
Click on the headings and the blue links within this document for health tips and natural treatment information.
For personal advice and individualised treatment, please book a Naturopathic Consultation.
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Conditions We Treat
Acidity & Heartburn
Aching Feet & Legs
Birth – Labour
Bites & Stings
Catarrhal – Mucous Inflammation
Chicken Pox – Varicella
Circulation – Varicose Veins
Cold Sores – Herpes Labialis
Cramp – Muscular
Ear – Middle Ear Infection
Ear – Infections, Long Term
Eyes – Stye
Eyes – Blocked Tear Duct
Eye Strain – Poor Vision
Fits – Epileptic Seizure
Heartburn & Acidity
Hives – Urticaria
Hydrocele – Swollen Testicle
Indigestion, Acidity & Flatulence
Infants Teething Pain
Menstrual Pain – Dysmenorrhea
Menstruation – General Health
Nails – Health
Nappy Rash – Diaper Dermatitis
Nosebleed – Epistaxis
Piles – Haemorrhoids
Pneumonia – Lung Infection
Pyorrhea – Periodontal Disease
Rheumatism & Gout
Ringworm – Tinea
Rubella – German Measles
Sleep – Insomnia
Sleep – Nightmares
Sprains – Muscular
Strength & Vitality
Stress – Emotional Health
Stretch Marks – Striae
Teeth – Teething (Babies)
Teeth – Toothache
Thrush – Candida Albicans
Tonic – Nerve And Brain Tonic
Tonsils – Enlarged
Urinary Tract Infection – Uti – Cystitis
Warts – Human Papillomavirus
Whooping Cough – Pertussis
Worms – Parasites
Wounds – Healing